We are honoured to have the support and participation of industry leaders.
Since 2005, our advisory board includes:
  1. Owners of five-star spas and salons
  2. Owners of spa and salon product lines
  3. Owners and representatives of national distributors
  4. Executive directors of national associations
  5. Consultants to the professional spa and salon industry
  6. Nationally acclaimed authors
The spa and salon industry has changed dramatically over the past five years. Advanced techniques have been created thus changing the requirements of industry professionals. Today’s spas and salons are demanding a higher level of training that is only offered at advanced training seminars since they typically do not provide this training on-site to their employees. Salons and spas are demanding highly sophisticated, technical and professional skills of their employees. To better fulfill the industry need for qualified service providers, our academies are working with leaders in the industry to identify advanced skills and to incorporate these skills into our curriculum. Our academies greatly transformed to become innovative leaders while encapsulating the essence of spa culture.
Please consider joining us in elevating the learning environment of today’s students in order to prepare them to meet the needs of tomorrow’s salon and spa clientele. By combining our training and techniques with your input and guidance, our students will be well equipped to meet the high standards that salons and spas, such as yours, require of their employees.
To join, please email Cathy Chavez at Cchavez@bellusacademy.edu

Biography and Pictures of Advisory Board

Jennifer Wing from Milady
Jennifer Wing is a Senior Account Manager for Milady covering eight different states across the country.  She has been with the Milady sales team since 2007. Jennifer has developed a strong relationship with all of her accounts and acts a consultant to the schools helping them provide the best educational tools for their students.  
She talks with hundreds of customers each week discussing industry standards, the challenges in today’s market and sharing best practices. She has also developed a relationship with the various state boards and keeps up to date on new licensing requirements and state regulations.
As part of the Milady team, Jennifer is committed to the Beauty & Wellness industry and to the success of schools and today’s future professional.
 Michael and Michele Coury from Salon Radius 2
With over 25 years experience and born in a long line of family hair artistry, Michele adores every aspect of this creative industry. Whether it’s a short trendy cut or a long formal up-do, she has expertise in facial shapes, eye color, hair textures, coloring and cuts to fit your lifestyle.
Educated at Toni and Guy, Vidal Sassoon, Bumble and Bumble in New York.Michele enjoys walks on the beach and spending time with her loving family. Her husband Michael is in charge of the Salons Marketing and Business Development.
Come see me and let’s find a new look for you!
Gayle Fulbright from Headlines The Salon
Gayle started out in this great industry back in Michigan in 1976. Moving to California, she worked as a stylist and soon purchased Headlines for Hair in 1987. In 2011, Gayle expanded her business and re-named it Headlines THE Salon. THE Salon has been named Top 200 salon of America by Salon Today magazine for 6 years and was a Finalist for NAHA in 2012.
Education always being a passion, Gayle is a Global Business Educator for Eufora and enjoys teaching salon professionals business and management skills. She became the National Director of ESON, Eufora Salon Owners Network, facilitating a salon owner’s network of 30+ chapters strong across the country.
In 2008, Gayle was awarded the prestigious “For the Love of a Child” award by Childhelp USA for contributions in helping abused children. The words she lives by “Be the change you wish to see in the world” by Ghandi. Three words to describe Gayle:  Inspire • Empower • Confidence
Patty Lee from Skin Authority
Patty Lee offers 17 years of cumulative, progressive experience in management, sales, human resources, recruiting and training top- performing teams. She has a proven track record of driving significant sales growth with an ability to define lucrative markets, determine and execute targeted strategies to generate new business while developing existing accounts and expanding revenue channels. Patty possesses effective communication, consultation, presentation, and negotiation skills.
Patty began her career at Xerox MRC in 1995. In her career there, she oversaw many successful sales teams throughout the years. She was integral in creating their training curriculum and eventually earned the title of Vice President of Sales. Patty left in 2007 to pursue other ventures outside of the printing document industry. Patty joined The Active Network in late 2007 as Director of Sales for the Sports division and took an underperforming team to new heights and made their goal in 2008 earning her and members of her team President’s Club status. In 2009 Patty joined Skin Authority as the Executive Director or Sales Operations where she currently oversees the sales growth of their customer care center, clinic operations, as well as spa channel operations.
Linda-Anne Kahn from Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Medical Wellness
Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO HHP CLT-LANA  NCTMB, CMT CCN is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist and Esthetician, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Nationally Certified massage therapist and Lymphedema Therapist with over 30 years in the industry.
Linda-Anne is Board Certified as an Internationally recognized CIDESO Diplomate and is a Nationally certified massage therapist. She holds an International certification as a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist as well as a certification in Clinical Aromatherapy and Clinical Nutrition. She is Nationally certified with the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) as a lymphedema therapist Linda-Anne is the Director and founder of Kliniek in San Diego, the most complete Health and Beauty and Wellness Center in Southern California.
Linda-Anne has been featured as business person of the year and has been voted Spa person of the year by the Day Spa association.
Zita Sims from Pala Casino
A hospitality professional for the last 20 years, Zita started her career with South African Airways (The Best Airline Into Africa) in 1994 shortly after the country’s first democratic elections. As a company bearing the responsibility of being the “Ambassador to the World” indicative of the new exciting changes occurring in post-Apartheid South Africa, Zita was involved with Training & Development while also working as an In-flight Onboard Manager responsible for onboard safety, service delivery and guest relations. Courses which she co-developed and facilitated included soft-skills, service standards and diversity programs, designed to help new and seasoned service professionals understand in an honest way why their diversity & shared experiences (albeit from different perspectives) gave them a unique ‘edge’ to positively impact guests in a highly-competitive environment.
Since moving from South Africa to the United States in 2000, Zita began her hotel career performing various hotel division management functions including reservations, communications, concierge, night audit and front desk. While at the Five-Star Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Chicago, (A Four Seasons Hotel), she was promoted into the spa department primarily focusing on operations and service delivery. Her experiences within the industry have taken her as a director from Chicago to several luxury spas in Las Vegas and currently, San Diego.
While at Wynn-Las Vegas, Zita’s spa team had the distinction of being recognized as the first casino spa to receive the Forbes Five-Star award worldwide. Her network of associations continues to grow largely due to the fact that Vegas is a prime venue for multiple premier conventions showcasing topics of beauty and wellness. While a member of the Las Vegas Spa Association, an international community of wellness professionals were always available to teach and share information.
Since moving to Southern California 2 years ago, Zita has been an active member of The Spa Connection (SoCal Spa Association). While still continuing to grow within the industry, Zita has been able to contribute her experience and expertise to this forum, as well as work with a continuously evolving team at the luxury Pala Spa & Salon. Her current responsibilities include oversight of the daily operations of the pool, spa, salon and retail boutique.
Framed by northern San Diego County’s majestic Palomar Mountain Range, this Four Diamond award-winning Resort is an idyllic enclave just an hour from San Diego.  The spa has been acclaimed as one of the top 100 Spas in the United States by spAwards (2012). Pala Spa is a 10,000-square-foot building beside the outdoor pool area which includes 12 cabanas nestled in lush greenery with indoor and outdoor lounge areas. The spa has 14 treatment rooms, a Fitness Center, an expansive retail boutique, and a Salon. Pala Spa promises relaxation, rejuvenation and an opportunity to unwind through massages, body treatments and rituals, facials and an endless array of packages.
 Carmel Abbgy from Spa Gregorie’s
Carmel has been in the spa and wellness industry for 14 years. 8 of those years have been spent working for Spa Gregories. She has had the opportunity to open 2 out of the 3 Spa Gregories locations.
Her background is in Event Planning and Fashion Show Production. She has been an iSpa member and attendee since 2005. She also has had the opportunity to attend the Tony Robbins Leadership Seminar in August of 2012.
Her passion for this industry comes from seeing clients who benefit through supporting healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Mann from Secret, A Skin & Vein Laser Clinic
Dr. Peter Mann is the board-certified Medical Director and founder of The Secret, A Skin & Vein Laser Clinic in La Jolla/San Diego. He specializes in vein disorder treatment, Ultherapy skin tightening and CO2 Fraxel resurfacing, and is regarded as an expert in vein disease and skin treatment. Dr. Mann performs more CO2 Fraxel procedures under I.V. sedation than at any other clinic on the west coast.
Dr. Mann graduated from Medical School with honors. He completed a surgical internship at Yale University-associated Bridgeport Hospital, followed by a surgical residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando Florida. He concluded his training with a cardiovascular surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which instilled in him a dedication to patient care and comfort.
He has perfected his renowned techniques alongside such surgeons as John Kingsley, and his expertise and attention to detail impel doctors from all over the United States to refer their patients to him for skin treatment. Additionally, Dr. Mann is board-certified in emergency medicine, which provides an added layer of safety to his procedures.
Dr. Mann is devoted to improving the life of his patients and helping them reclaim their self-esteem. Contact Dr. Mann at 858-412-3353 to see how Dr. Mann’s The Secret clinic can rejuvenate your skin. He’ll work with you to develop a unique and personalized treatment plan.
Marisela and Raphael Alvarez from Cut
Owners of Cut, Raphael Alvarez (Hairdresser and Artistic Director) and Marisela Alvarez (Makeup Artist) teamed up to create one of San Diego’s best high-end hair salons.
After graduating from Bellus Academy, aka J.E. Boutique. Raphael has advanced his career while expanding his passion in the industry for the past 21 years! He also had the honor of being a Platform Artist for Paul Brown Hair Care and Image Hair Care as well as a past Educator for Dickson Color.
Raphael is a natural leader educating stylists in the industry to become the best they can be. He is a strong believer in continuing education in the industry, for it is always evolving.  His past educational background include training at Vidal Sassoon, Oribe, Wella, Redken, Summit Business College and Paramount Business School to name a few.
Marisela also graduated from Bellus Academy, aka J.E. Boutique 12 years ago. Marisela loves Makeup and her passion has given her the opportunity to be recognized in Bride’s Choice Awards 2013 top Make Up Artists nationwide based on client reviews from weddingwire.com.
Raphael and Marisela are great ambassadors for this dynamic industry that continues to enhance opportunities for creative hairdressing professionals whether new or experienced.
Michelle Frye from The Spa at La Costa
I joined The La Costa Resort and Spa team as the Director of Spa back in April of 2010.   I had just completed the opening and launch of the Sé SPA at the Se San Diego Hotel in downtown San Diego where I had held the position of Spa Director since January 2008.
Prior to the Se San Diego Hotel, I had held various positions for eight years within the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts portfolio including Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.  Prior to that I had spent 6 years working for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
As well as sitting on the Advisory Board at the Bellus Academy, I am also an Advisory board member of both the University of California Irvine Spa Management Program and The Spa Connection Association.
Jaimie Olvera from Salon 56
  1. 33 years in the industry
  2. Co owner at Salon 56
  3. Joico international guest artist
  4. Founder and President of Salons of Substance
Mariah Rowden from DK Hair
I have been doing hair for almost three years. I attended Paul Mitchell the School Santa Barbara, and have been a junior stylist for a little over a year at DK Hair in San Diego.
We are departmentalized, and I am training to be a cutting specialist. I am in love with doing hair, and hope to one day open my own salon.
Martin P. Bouygues Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry Vice President Viva Brazil! LLC
1356 Garnet Avenue, San Diego 92109
777 6th Avenue, San Diego 92101 • 619-757-9041 • viva@vivabrazilsd.com
B.Sc. University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France) 1994; M.Sc. University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France) 1995; Ph.D. University de Luminy, Marseille (France) 1999; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta (Georgia, USA) 1999-2003. FOB Synthesis, Atlanta (USA) 2003-2008
Bouygues’ fields of research are organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry applied for drug discovery and process development (HIV, HCB and antibiotics). More than eleven in Biotechnology industry and medicinal organic chemistry.
In 2008, Dr. Bouygues moved to the Beauty Industry. In new fields of interest are Import/Export of waxing supplies & business development/marketing for Viva Brazil LLC. Research of new depilatory wax formulation and production (Cire France LLC).

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